Military leaders tour Okinawa fuel facilities

By Connie Braesch DLA Energy Public Affairs

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Military leaders and senior U.S. officials assigned in Japan learned more about Defense Logistics Agency Energy fueling capabilities, facilities and services on the island of Okinawa June 24.

DLA Energy Okinawa Commander Air Force Maj. Tracy Gilmore and Deputy Director Kirk Moats hosted the briefing and tour. The commanders from III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Kadena Air Base 18th Wing, 10th Regional Support Group and Fleet Activities Okinawa along with representatives from U.S. Consulate Naha and U.S. Forces Japan developed an enhanced, shared appreciation for the fuel system’s strengths, capacities and vulnerabilities.

“The Marine Corps Installation Pacific Deputy Commander requested a tour to better understand the resiliency of Defense Fuel Support Point Okinawa,” Gilmore said. “With many of the general officers not traveling right now because of Defense Department COVID-19 travel restrictions, we thought it would be the perfect time to get them together to receive the tour.”

The tour, conducted on a Navy Landing Craft Mechanized boat, included the Single Point Mooring system and the three-legged mooring system to understand how Energy Okinawa receives JP8 and JP5 fuel. The mooring systems are used to transfer fuel from a tanker ship to a staging facility, such as a tank farm on land, and allows tanker ships to discharge fuel without berthing at a pier. This system is DLA Energy Okinawa’s primary means of receiving military-grade jet fuel.